Russia blocking access to major news sites

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (2 years, 7 months ago)

In an almost predictable move, the Russian government has gone ahead and ordered the country's ISPs to block major news sites, based on preventing unauthorized protests and enforcing house arrest regulations. The list was published by Russia's Prosecutor General, who claimed that the sites had allowed "calls for participation in unauthorized ralies." The online newspaper Grani, Garry Kasparov's opposition information site, popular anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny, and radio station Ekho Moskvy's site all feature. The latter had already seen some upheaval, when its indpendent editor was sacked in favor of a more government-friendly director. 

THe first internet censorship law in Russia came in 2012, when the government claimed the register it was imposing would be primarily used to combat child pornography and drug use, among other things. Considering the current situation with Ukraine over the Crimea, this crackdown comes as no surprise.

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